Three says its 4G prices will beat EE's current selection

News Richard Goodwin 11:31, 4 Feb 2013

LTE is set to be available as standard on all price plans and without a premium upfront fee, says Three Mobile UK

LTE (4G) will be available as a standard feature on all Three Mobile UK price-plans once its high-speed network is rolled out later in the year. The network also confirmed that it would be charging less for LTE than many of its competitors.

‘Unlike some other UK mobile operators, it will be available across all existing and new price plans without customers needing to pay a premium fee to upgrade,’ said Three Mobile.

Three’s release does not say when its 4G services will begin rolling out in the UK. There’s also no mention of pricing either – other than the previously mentioned ‘no premium fee’ promise.

Currently the only UK network to offer an unlimited data package with its One Plan, many are hoping Three’s commitment to unlimited data will carry over to 4G packages on its Ultrafast network.  

Three’s ultrafast network, currently supported by DC-HSDPA technology, already covers 55 percent of the UK population with an initial focus on 50 towns and cities. It will reach 80 percent population coverage by the end of March and in the second half of this year it will incorporate 1800Mhz spectrum already acquired by Three to add even more coverage and capacity.
Customers with ultrafast ready devices, including the Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPad mini and Apple iPad with Retina display, can already enjoy Three’s Ultrafast network and will also be able to use the 1800Mhz spectrum when it is added later this year.

Device choice is growing rapidly with new Ultrafast ready LTE versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2 being launched on Three within the next month, and the BlackBerry Z10 launching mid-February.

‘We don’t want to limit Ultrafast services to a select few based on a premium price and we’ve decided our customers will get this service as standard. With Three, it’s simple, great value and Ultrafast,’ said Three UK chief executive Dave Dyson.

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